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Very sad -- he seemed to be a man who actually worked toward the betterment of his people. My sincere condolences.

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I am so sorry to hear this bad news Aziz (Silver Arrow). The people of Lebanon are going to miss a great builder and a motivator for many to get their lives together and stand up with pride. The people of Lebanon are resilient, this will be remembered as a sad chapter but I know that you Aziz, and your compatriots will continue his legacy of rebuilding hope.
May he rest in peace, be brave Aziz and seek peace inside as he is in a better place.

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I am so sorry to hear this bad news Aziz (Silver Arrow). The people of Lebanon are going to miss a great builder and a motivator for many to get their lives together and stand up with pride. The people of Lebanon are resilient, this will be remembered as a sad chapter but I know that you Aziz, and your compatriots will continue his legacy of rebuilding hope.
May he rest in peace, be brave Aziz and seek peace inside as he is in a better place.
Thanks Professor for your words. I really appreciate it. Hariri will be missed and remembered.

Here is his profile from CNN:

BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- Former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was among those killed Monday in the massive explosion that rocked central Beirut's fashionable seafront district.

Hariri, 60, had been a leading figure in Lebanon's reconstruction in the aftermath of that country's long and devastating civil war and was appointed prime minister five times, most recently in 2000.

But his tenure was marked by tensions with pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud.

Hariri's October 2004 resignation was prompted when parliament revised the Lebanese constitution to extend Lahoud's term, which was to have ended in November, by three years.

Hariri was born in Sidon in south Lebanon, where his father was a farmer and grocer. The young Hariri attended Beirut Arab University and worked with the Arab Nationalist Movement.

At 21, after leaving the university for financial reasons, he moved to Saudi Arabia and made friends with the man who would become King Fahd. Hariri eventually became Fahd's personal emisarry to Lebanon.

Hariri built a business empire from Saudi Arabia, first with his own construction company -- which benefited from the oil boom -- and then through his purchase of the French company Oger, which he built into one of the region's largest construction companies.

Oger later expanded into other business sectors and is now believed to be worth billions of dollars.

But Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, never forgot his native Lebanon. He launched several ventures, including the Hariri Foundation for Culture and Higher Education, which aided poor Lebanese with schools, healthcare and college tuition.

During cease-fires, he sent Oger trucks into Beirut's streets to clear away the rubble of the civil war.

As Fahd's emissary, Hariri mediated between Lebanese militia groups in 1983 and 1984 and between President Amin Gemayel and Syria in 1985.

Living again in Lebanon, he was a major force behind the national reconciliation conference that created the 1989 Ta'if Accord that led to the civil war's end in 1990.

Hariri was first elected to parliament in 1992 and was appointed prime minister in December of that year.

He formed two other governments from that point until December 1998, and two more between October 2000 and his October 2004 resignation.


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This photo was taken of Hariri in fornt of Parliment few minutes before the blast. This is his profile (Source FOX News):

Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, served 10 of 14 years in the postwar period starting in 1992 —— winning three separate elections. His assassination removes a main political buffer in a country divided among an opposition strongly opposed to Syria's role, and the pro-Syrian government camp.

Under Hariri, European investment in Lebanon had been rebounding in recent years, and tourists, particularly from the Arab world and to a lesser extent Europe, also have been coming back to the rebuilt country.

The White House paid tribute to Hariri as a man who "worked tirelessly to rebuild a free, independent and prosperous Lebanon."

"The United States will consult with other governments in the region ... about measures that can be taken to punish those responsible for this terrorist attack, to end the use of violence and intimidation against the Lebanese people ... and to restore Lebanon's independence, sovereignty and democracy by freeing it from foreign occupation," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said.

"This murder today is a terrible reminder that the Lebanese people must be able to pursue their aspirations and determine their own political future, free from violence, and intimidation and free from Syrian occupation," McClellan said.

Syrian President Bashar Assad (search) said he "condemned this horrible criminal action," according to SANA, Syria's official news agency. Assad urged the Lebanese people to reject those who plant "schism among the people" during this "critical situation."

In Paris, Lebanon's most prominent exile, former army commander Gen. Michel Aoun (search), blamed Syria for the bombing and what he called the "feeble regime imposed by Syria" for the assassination.

"I think all these together are behind this crime," Aoun told Al-Arabiya TV, which is based in Dubai.

French President Jacques Chirac (search), a friend of Hariri, condemned the attack and demanded an international investigation, saying he represented "the indefatigable will of independence, freedom and democracy" for Lebanon.

French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier suggested that the democratic process was the real target of the attack.

"What is targeted is probably the democratic process and the political process that must be undertaken" in Lebanon, Barnier said in an apparent reference to upcoming elections there.

Lebanon's Supreme Council for Defense instructed the army and internal security forces "to take all necessary measures to control the security situation." The council, which groups the president, Cabinet ministers and military officials, declared three days of national mourning.

Lahoud, a longtime rival of Hariri, called the killing "a dark point in our national history." He promised the perpetrators would be brought to justice.

The Lebanese National News Agency, quoting a statement from American University Hospital, said Hariri was dead on arrival, his body mutilated in the massive explosion that shook buildings in the city center and was heard in outlying hills overlooking the Lebanese capital.

Nine other people were also killed in the massive blast and 100 were wounded, the news agency said. Several of Hariri's bodyguards were among those hurt or killed, Lebanese legislator Bassem Yammout told The Associated Press at the scene.

In a dramatic scene captured on TV, a burning man struggled to get out of a car window and fell on to the ground. A bystander rushed up and beat out the flames with his jacket before picking up the blackened man. It was not clear if the man survived.

Bystanders and ambulance workers made crude stretchers to carry the wounded to hospital. TV showed several men dragging the body of a victim partially covered by a brown blanket through the rubble-strewn street before letting go of his arms and letting him fall to the ground. Flames still licked from his body and his face appeared disfigured by burns.

Heavily armed security forces cordoned off the area as rescue workers and investigators searched for casualties or clues to the cause of the explosion. Rubble and twisted debris covered a road lined with burning cars, with smoke enveloping the area as firefighters carrying hoses raced to douse flames.

Hariri's supporters quickly took to the streets, chanting praise for him outside the hospital. In his hometown of Sidon, supporters blocked roads and burned tires.

Explosions in Beirut — while common during the 1975-90 civil war — have become rare since the conflict ended. In October, however, amid rising tensions between the government and opposition groups, a car bomb seriously injured an opposition politician and killed his driver in Beirut.

A self-made billionaire, Hariri became prime minister in 1992 under the terms of a 1989 peace deal that required the premier to be a Sunni Muslim. He served until 1998, and again from 2000 until his resignation in October. He was considered to be in the opposition. He has been in a rivalry with Lahoud for years.

Hariri, a construction tycoon who made his fortune in Saudi Arabia, held joint Lebanese-Saudi citizenship even as premier. A French firm he later acquired, Oger, became one of the largest construction businesses in the Mideast. His personal wealth had been estimated at $4 billion.

During Lebanon's civil war, Hariri funded charitable ventures, and, when the violence subsided, used trucks from his construction company to clear debris. Later, in government, he was criticized for allegedly handing reconstruction contracts to firms he had financial dealings with.

Hariri enjoyed the backing of Western governments; in 2002, he met with President Bush in Washington.

He is survived by his wife, Nazik Hariri, and six children.
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You'll just have to ignore the posts of a handful of people that frequent here. They're nothing more than ignorant racist mysonginistic fuck-ups that are one-note ponies that can do nothing more than flame with one-liners and nonsensical garbage.

You'll be best off to simply ignore any/all posts by these individuals.

I do find it ironic the above mentioned assholes condemn terrorism only when it's done against the white-bread Yuppies in the WTC. I won't dive into the right-wrong issues of the current regime in Lebanon. The point is that we know this is not the way to make change work, and so did the guys that set the bomb.

I'm really trying to see things from your perspective, but I'm having trouble getting my head up my ass
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You'll just have to ignore the posts of a handful of people that frequent here. They're nothing more than ignorant racist mysonginistic fuck-ups that are one-note ponies that can do nothing more than flame with one-liners and nonsensical garbage.

You'll be best off to simply ignore any/all posts by these individuals.

I do find it ironic the above mentioned assholes condemn terrorism only when it's done against the white-bread Yuppies in the WTC. I won't dive into the right-wrong issues of the current regime in Lebanon. The point is that we know this is not the way to make change work, and so did the guys that set the bomb.
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Aziz,

I have been watching all of this on the news. I am so sorry that this happened. I will never forget the way I felt when the Twin Towers fell. My prayers are with you and your country.
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Lebanon is not a country. Get that straight! You are nothing more than a fully controlled territory of Syria.

Wake up, Silver Arrow!
You're an asshole, MrTikket. I don't know how you live with yourself. I'll bet your hand is tired.
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Aziz,

I have been watching all of this on the news. I am so sorry that this happened. I will never forget the way I felt when the Twin Towers fell. My prayers are with you and your country.
Thanks Beauf.
I think it's one of the moments in history that will stick in my memory.

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O come on B, can't you throw out some red meat to get a reaction. That's part of the fun isn't it? To instigate and see those that are lesser than you fight.

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